The Stroke Foundation is encouraging Australians to visit their pharmacy for a free and fast health check, this World Hypertension Day today.
National Stroke Foundation Chief Executive Officer Dr Erin Lalor says there are currently more than four million Australians with hypertension, or high blood pressure, and most wouldn’t even know it.
“Too many Australians don’t realise they have high blood pressure until they have a medical crisis – like a stroke,” Dr Lalor says.
“High blood pressure has no symptoms, the only way to know your blood pressure is to have it checked.
“Encouragingly, last week we saw thousands of people across the country take control of their health by participating in Australia’s Biggest Blood Pressure Check.
“Around a quarter of those tested were referred to their doctor – shockingly most had no idea they were at high risk of stroke.
“They did not know they had high blood pressure, they did not know that this coupled with their lifestyle, age, family history or related condition put them at significant risk of disability or even death due to stroke.
“On World Hypertension Day I urge all Australians to head to their local Know your numbers or Chemmart Pharmacy to take a five minute check to find out your blood pressure and your stroke risk – it may save your life,” she says.
Dr Lalor says it is vital that all Australians are empowered to take action to reduce their risk of stroke.
“Australia’s Biggest Blood Pressure Check went a long way to better informing Australians of their stroke risk, however we know that too many peo people remain unaware of how to protect themselves from stroke,” Dr Lalor says.
“A great first step is to head into your local pharmacy or see your GP to find out your stroke risk. Don’t let a stroke be your first sign of high blood pressure.”